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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs John James O'Hanlon
Hastings (1921/22), Hastings ENG, rd 3
Spanish Game: General (C60)  ·  1-0
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Dec-06-06
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  luzhin: The Spanish Opening is strong -- but not that strong!
Dec-06-06  crptone: Black was already in danger with 1)..e5?!, but his position was only decisively lost after the blunder 2)..Nc6??. In the end, black lost due to time trouble.
Dec-08-06  korger: Actually, as extensive analysis has recently revealed, Black could have escaped from his dire predicament by the tricky combination 3... a6! 4. ♗a4 ♘f6!!, after which drawing chances are possible. The resignation therefore was found to be premature; however, this complicated variation so deep in the Ruy Lopez was little known in 1921.
Dec-08-06
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  Phony Benoni: This was a remarkable example of life imitating art, as the game actually duplicated the solution of this Mate-in-three problem by Barry, published by Chernev & Reinfeld in <The Fireside Book of Chess>:


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Jan-30-07  Tactic101: Maybe his cellphone went off..... LOL
Feb-10-07  viv001: i guess black wasted all his time thinking for these moves! LOL
Aug-30-07  porgue: now THATS why i like the ruy lopez :P !!! lol
Sep-17-07  Necessary Truths: <Tactic101: Maybe his cellphone went off..... LOL>

I know that would've surprised me back in 1921! I would've jumped up and said, "What the hell is that?"

Oct-03-07  porgue: <<Tactic101: Maybe his cellphone went off..... LOL> I know that would've surprised me back in 1921! I would've jumped up and said, "What the hell is that?">

yes, cellular phones back then were the size of grand pianos ...lol :P

Dec-10-07  D.Observer: <How did the game end so fast?>
Dec-13-07  GSankarN: I guess he went to the toilet and lost all his time in there..LOL
Dec-13-07  Tomlinsky: Apparently, Yates got a comparatively long game compared to some of O'Hanlon's other games at Hastings 1921...

O'Hanlon v Mackenzie

1.d4 0-1

Scott v O'Hanlon

1.d4 1-0

Sergeant v O'Hanlon

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 1/2-1/2

O'Hanlon v Price

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 1-0

I would guess that the scoresheets were lost or incomplete. Most databases don't even bother listing these games.

Mar-12-08  porgue: <Apparently, Yates got a comparatively long game compared to some of O'Hanlon's other games at Hastings 1921... O'Hanlon v Mackenzie

1.d4 0-1

Scott v O'Hanlon

1.d4 1-0

Sergeant v O'Hanlon

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 1/2-1/2

O'Hanlon v Price

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 1-0>

wow, this guy sucks at chess (:P)

Mar-16-08  porgue: wow, i was ignorant enough to completely disregard that o hanlon got a 2.5-1.5 record in the above games. <D'oh!!!>
Aug-07-10  Grantchamp: Some people didn't move back then in hope of their opponent resigning since they didn't have clocks.
Aug-07-10  zanza: Fisher did better with 1. Resign in 1972! ;-)
Aug-07-10
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  Phony Benoni: I can make a guess as to what happened here, and with the other short games. At this time, the British Chess Magazine often published tournament reports which would list all the games and their openings, but not give the full score. For instance, in the game on this page, they might list <Yates 1-0 O'Hanlon, Ruy Lopez>

Eventually, somebody put the touranment games into a database and, not having complete scores for a number of games, simply puts in a few opening moves based on the name of the opening. Then everyone copies the games without checking; after all, they're in the computer so they have to be right.

This collection gives the known full games from the tournament: Game Collection: Hastings 1921/22

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